Batman: The Killing Joke
Why so serious?
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 24 July 2016, 3:00am
Running time: 76m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+(Strong animated violence)
Release date: 24/07/16
Rating: 6/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Batman / Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) and Batgirl / Barbara Gordon (Tara Strong) are keeping Gotham City safe from the small time thugs and hustlers and threaten the fragile peace. But when the Joker (Mark Hamill) escapes (again) from Arkham Asylum, his first thought is to cause trouble my kidnapping Commissioner Gordon (Ray Wise). Taken to a bizarre amusement park the lines between real and imagined fears begin to blur in a bizarre decent into insanity.
Adapted from the 1988 graphic novel of the same name, Batman: The Killing Joke is a dark, violent and disturbing outing into the bizarre and complex relationship between pop culture’s greatest heroes and his most sinister villain. The first act provides an additional story which helps to establish motives, and the backstory provides another origin story for the Joker. The animation pays homage not only to the original graphic novel but also to the classic look of the comic’s origins. It’s naive and unsophisticated compared to the style of animation that has become standard, but the old-school techniques are used deliberately and with great effect.
Batman: The Killing Joke had a one-day-only screening internationally before a release on home media, and it was well worth experiencing it on the big screen. Those unfamiliar with the graphic novels may find this challenging, but it’s well worth the effort. (ME)